Home Electrical Wiring Guide


Do-it-yourself home electrical wiring can save you money, however the Electrical Safety Foundation International advises never to attempt a home electrical wiring project that is above your level of skill. Electrocutions and fire hazards may result from inexperience and faulty wiring.


  • Install receptacles no farther than 12 feet apart on any continuous length of wall and within six feet of any opening such as doorways and fireplaces. Install switch boxes 46 to 47 inches from the floor and receptacle boxes 12 to 16 inches from the floor.


  • Dishwashers, trash compactors, garbage disposals and range hoods must be on separate circuits. Lighting receptacles must be protected by an arc-fault circuit interrupter (a special circuit breaker) located in the service panel.

Electrical Wire

  • Run the electrical wire through bored holes in the wood framing. Bore the holes in the center of the stud at least 1 1/4 inches from the edge. If this is not possible, install a 1/16 inch protective metal plate to protect the wires from nails and screws. Staple the electric wire within four inches of every receptacle box and every 48 inches thereafter.


  • Before doing any electrical work, switch off the circuit breaker that controls the circuit. Before touching any wires, test the wires to ensure there is no electrical current.

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